Over the last decade, casino gambling and poker has become much more mainstream and accepted by society. As such, you now see many more celebrities show up at casinos all over the world and try their luck at games such as poker, blackjack, and more. Below are a few celebrities that are known to be regular casino game players.
For fans of international football, or soccer as Americans like to call it, Jonny Evans is a well known defender. The Manchester United defender has also shown prowess in casino games, specifically poker. Last year, he wont the MUFC PartyPoker Challenge against other star footballers from Manchester United and returned this year to defend his title. Inspired by lessons given by professional Tony G, Evans navigated his way through the field for a second year in a row to take the title. Proceeds of the game went to an Northern Irish hospice.
Basketball fans in Chicago are well aware of Michael Jordan’s tendencies to gamble at the tables. During his days with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan was known to gamble away Millions at a time at the tables. His gambling actually became a concern for the team and a league for a while, but Jordan apparently pulled in the reigns on his gambling habits as it soon became a non-issue.
Alex Rodriguez is another sports star who got in a little bit of trouble for his gambling habits. The New York Yankees shortstop was involved in several high stakes underground poker games and Major League Baseball was rumored to be considering a ban on Rodriguez for his involvement. Those games later became a target of a lawsuit as the host ran a Ponzi scheme and used investor funds to play in the games.
Several Hollywood celebrities are known poker players and frequent the Main Event of the World Series of Poker. Among those stars are Ben Affleck, Ray Romano, Lou Diamond Phillips, Toby Mcguire, Shannon Elizabeth, Brad Garrett, and Jason Alexander. At this year’s WSOP, Kevin Pollak made a deep run in the event and finished 134th out of a field of 6,598 players.
As casino games have become more mainstream and even highly televised, showing up to play a few hands of poker not only can be fun but a way for some celebrities to gain exposure for themselves. That is one reason you see more and more celebrities show up on poker TV shows. As the game continues to grow in acceptance, don’t be surprised to see more celebrities show up and try their luck.
Most people have a sibling or two, if not more. This includes celebrities. You may not have thought about it, but there are plenty of your favorite celebs out there who have a brother or sister too, just like you. Some celebrity siblings, like the Kardashians, everyone knows about. There are plenty out there though that most people just had no idea. Here are ten of those celebrities and their siblings.
Abigail Breslin is becoming a very popular young actress. She has been in such movies as Little Miss Sunshine, Nim’s Island, My Sister’s Keeper, and Zombieland. Her older brother, Spencer Breslin, is also an actor. He has been in the movies The Kid, The Santa Clause 2, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, The Santa Clause 3, and The Happening . They are about 4 years apart.
Macaulay Culkin will always be known for his role in the Home Alone movies as a young boy named Kevin McCallister. He was also in the movies My Girl, The Good Son, and Richie Rich. Kieran also appeared in the Home Alone movies as Fuller. He has also been in the movies Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II, Lymelife, Paper Man, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Their brother Rory is the youngest of all the 7 Culkin siblings. He was in the movies Richie Rich, Signs, The Zodiac, Lymelife, and Scream 4.
Penelope Cruz is a famous actress who has appeared in the movies Blow, Vanilla Sky, Gothika, Sahara, Bandidas, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Her sister, Monica, is a dancer and actress. She was her body double in Pirates of the Caribbean. She has also been in the movies The Inquiry, Last Hour, and Jerry Cotton.
Eddie Murphy is an extremely popular and well-known actor. He has been in such movies as Beverly Hills Cop (1,2,3), The Golden Child, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, The Nutty Professor (1,2), Doctor Dolittle (1,2), Shrek (1,2,3,4 -as the voice of Donkey), The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Daddy Day Care, Norbit, Meet Dave, Imagine That, Tower Heist, and A Thousand Words. His brother, Charlie, is also an actor. He has been in the movies Harlem Nights, Lovesick, Night at the Museum, The Perfect Holiday, Our Family Wedding, and Lottery Ticket.
Ashley Judd is a famous actress who has been in the movies Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, Where the Heart Is, Someone Like You…, Tooth Fairy, and Dolphin Tale. Her older half-sister is country singer Wynonna Judd.
Hayden Panettiere is a famous young actress. She has been in the movies A Bug’s Life (as the voice of Dot), Remember the Titans, Joe Somebody, Raising Helen, Racing Stripes, Bring it On: All or Nothing, I Love You Beth Cooper, and The Forger. She is most known for her role as Claire Bennet on the television series Heroes. Her younger brother, Jansen, is also pursuing an acting career. He has appeared in the movies Tiger Cruise, Racing Stripes, Robots, Ice Age:The Meltdown, The Perfect Game, and The Forger.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a popular actress. She has been in the movies Hook, Shakespeare in Love, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bounce, Shallow Hal, Sylvia, Proof, Iron Man (1,2), Country Strong, and Contagion. Her brother is actor, writer, and director Jake Paltrow. He wrote the the screenplay for the movie The Good Night and also directed it. He also directed episodes of The Others, The Jury, and NYPD Blue.
Jennifer Lopez is a popular singer and actress. She has been in the movies Jack, Selena, Anaconda, The Cell, The Wedding Planner, Enough, Maid in Manhattan, Gigli, Monster-In-Law, The Back Up Plan, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting. She was also a judge on the popular television voice talent show, American Idol. Her sister, Lynda, is a television news anchor and reporter.
Jessica Alba is a popular actress. She has been in the movies Never Been Kissed, Honey, Sin City, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Good Luck Chuck, Awake, The Eye, The Love Guru, The Killer Inside Me, Machete, and Little Fockers. Her brother, Joshua, is also an actor. He has been in the movies Alpha Dog, Unrest, Creative Differences, The Dead Undead, Kill Speed, Now Here, and Hyenas.
Tia and Tamera Mowry are popular actresses. They had a few smaller roles beforehand, but made their main acting debut in the show Sister, Sister where they played 2 twins adopted by separate families, who were later reunited. They also played in the movie Seventeen Again, where one sister played a 17 year old girl, and the other played her grandma, who was turned back into her 17 year old self for a time. Other movies of theirs include The Hot Chick, Twitches, and Twitches Too. They now have their own reality show. Their younger brother, Tahj Mowry, got his initial start on the show Full House as Michelle’s best friend Teddy. He then was the main character on the show Smart Guy. Tahj also was in the movie Seventeen Again with his sisters. He played the voice of Wade on the cartoon show Kim Possible. He barely acted for a few years because he wanted to try a singing career. You can now find him on the ABC Family show, Baby Daddy.